Imagine yourself sitting on a beautiful sunlit patio, under a sky of vibrant blue. The heat of the sun is reflecting off ancient stone tiles beneath your feet. A rippling breeze scented with mint, thyme, and basil washes over you, and you can hear giggles from your barefoot children, who are running through a nearby garden of green herbs. A strong cup of dark coffee is waiting before you, along with an absolutely glorious plate of smooth honey-whipped feta and rich red berries. Buttery toasted bread is placed down on the table, waiting to be slathered with all of that whipped feta, then topped with fragrant dill and luscious, juicy, honeyed berries…. the moment is magical… it’s perfect… it’s…
*Crash!*… a beautiful daydream! Back to the reality of the barefoot children running through the garden, but this time with super-soakers and shrieks of delight as the cold water hits them. The sun might be strong, but it lacks the glamour of the Mediterranean. Oh well. A lady can dream! Still, do you know what didn’t evaporate into the clouds when I was shaken from my daydream? The pleasure of savoring this fancy gourmet toast recipe! Introducing Quick and Easy Whipped Feta Toast with Cherries & Honey!
What Ingredients are in this Whipped Feta Spread?
- Feta Cheese
- Full Fat Greek Yogurt
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Roasted Beets
- Fresh Lime
- Lemon Thyme or Fresh Thyme
- Crusty Bread
- Salt & Pepper
Whipped Feta Toast with Cherries, Honey, & Pistachios
How to Make Whipped Feta?
This feta toast recipe is so easy-peasy! To make, start by combining the feta cheese with a little bit of thick Greek yogurt, and plenty of extra virgin olive oil in the bowl of a food processor. If you don’t have a handy, you can also make this recipe in a blender. Start with several short pulses and continue to mix until smooth. Add in your favorite fresh herbs, like dill or thyme, as well as salt and pepper. After a short rest in the fridge to let the flavors meld, your whipped feta will be ready to serve!
What Makes Whipped Feta on Toast so Delicious?
There are so many fancy breakfast toast recipes, but none quite like this whipped feta with honey! You can let your imagination run wild! With it’s smooth texture and salty/briny taste, this spread makes an amazing base layer for our sweet summer fruit and herb topping. The combination of the full bodied flavor of the Greek feta, tempered with rich Greek yogurt, sweetened with honeyed berries and earthy beets…. well, excuse the pun… can’t be beat! This delightful summer mixture of fresh cherries, strawberries, and roasted beets can not only be used with tangy feta, but also as an avocado toast topping as well! The options are endless!
What Does Feta Cheese Taste Like?
This pure white cheese, made from a mixture of sheep & goat milk has a wonderful rich, salty, and tangy flavor. It has a slightly crumbly texture, but is deceivingly compact and dense. Originating in Greece, this cheese is traditionally aged in brine, giving it a unique flavor that is delicious on salads or baked into savory pastries. Although there are different varieties of feta cheese produced from countries in the Balkans to France, we’ll be focusing on the Greek style today.
Can I use another type of milder cheese for this recipe?
Absolutely! If the saltiness and assertive flavor of feta is too much for your palate, you can swap it out for a creamy goat cheese. I would also suggest switching the Greek yogurt for a creme fraiche or even a lovely mascarpone. You’ll end up with a decadent smooth spread, with a mellow pleasant taste.
How to Make Whipped Feta on Toasted Bread
After you’ve whipped your cheese & greek yogurt, and created the red berry/herb topping, you’ll quickly toast up some crusty bread to hold all of that tasty goodness! I like to brush each of the slices of sourdough bread with melted butter and olive oil, almost creating a buttery glaze. After toasting, you could plate this dish in one of two ways; one a large platter, with a sweeping portion of honey whipped feta, berries & beets, and add the toasts on the side. Sprinkle some crushed raw pistachios around the edge, and you can help yourself! Another variation would be to whip up individual toasts for easy portion control. Both ways are delicious, and when topped with more fresh herbs and even edible flowers, a stunning quick breakfast or lunch!
What Kind of Bread Works the Best for Fancy Breakfast Toasts?
The best kind of bread for both feta toast and avocado toast, happens to be the same in my opinion! I really prefer a beautiful piece of sourdough toast for all of my breakfast creations. The sourdough flavor adds a great tangy flavor that works universally with any topping I choose. I also love how crispy it gets in the oven! If Sourdough bread isn’t your favorite, feel free to use a French baguette slice or any piece of crusty bread. You could always choose the traditional route, and add triangles of soft & chewy pita bread too.
Is This a Good Alternative Recipe for Avocado Toast?
Absolutely! The best part about whipped feta toast is that it’s super easy to make. Avocado toasts may have started the ‘fancy toast’ trend, but they haven’t defined it! With avocado prices soaring, this whipped feta toast is a great example of a flavorful breakfast without a lot of fuss. Bonus; it’s actually pretty healthy to boot! With plenty of olive oil and fresh produce, sweetened with just honey, this brightly colored breakfast idea will carry you throughout the day.
What Other Toppings Could I Add?
The supermarket produce section or local farmer’s market is full of inspiration! Choose ingredients that are in season and look as good as they taste! You could swap out the berries for fresh peaches or nectarines, the beets for black plums, or the cucumber with sweet honeydew melon. Bold bright flavors will ensure you have a fantastic meal!
Mediterranean Feta Toast Variations
Feta Toast Combinations;
~ Create a rich tapenade of Kalamata Olives & garlic oil in your food processor. Begin by layering your feta mix, then the tapenade, bits of roasted red pepper, and arugula on a piece of pita or any flat bread. This is a great take if you like a bit of spiciness with your breakfast!
~ Use a mild goat cheese in place of the assertive feta, and top a piece of grilled crusty whole grain bread. Add a layer of lightly blanched peas, salt, a drizzle of olive oil, & fresh mint.
~ Feta Crostini Toast; Add a thin layer feta dip on top of a toasted piece of toasted baguette. Next, grab this recipe for of basil & garlic roasted tomatoes, and spread on top of the cheese. Garnish with fresh basil.
Can This Dish be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes! In fact, this recipe is so addictive, you may want to make enough to keep in a large storage container in the refrigerator for a couple of meals! The flavors actually benefit from at least a thirty minutes resting in the chiller.
What to Serve with Whipped Feta Toast?
I enjoy having this light summer snack all on it’s own, but you could easily pair it with a fresh green salad or a poached egg or two. If your’e serving it for the first meal of the day, a healthy fruit smoothie would go perfectly. Remember to add some strong coffee or fruity herbal tea too! If you’re serving these feta toasts in the afternoon or evening, a chilled rosé wine or crisp white Beaujolais, would compliment all of the full flavors this recipe brings to the table!
Can I Make this into a Whipped Feta Dip with Honey and Herbs?
Absolutely! You can transform this breakfast treat into a lovely quick feta snack or fresh appetizer! Start by spooning the finished mixture into a small serving bowl, and place on a large tray. Present with a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and breads. Top with a cascade of honey or swish of olive oil, for an even bigger and bolder flavor. Don’t forget the crushed pistachios for texture!
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Whipped Feta Toast with Fresh Cherries & Honey
- 1 Food Precessor
- 1 8 OZ Block of Feta Cheese
- 1/2 cup Full Fat Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + 2 tablespoons, divided
- 2 tablespoon Honey divided
- 4 sprigs Fresh Dill
- 4 sprigs Fresh Lemon Thyme Substitute 4 springs thyme + 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 4 small Roasted Beets, peeled 1 large roasted beet can be used
- 1 cup Fresh Strawberries
- 1/3 cup Fresh Cherries pitted
- 1/4 Fresh English Cucumber peeled
- 1/4 cup Raw Pistachio Roughly chopped or crushed
- 1/2 Fresh Lime Juiced
- 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 6 slices Crusty Sourdough Bread
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Salted Butter
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- Edible Flowers & Herbs Violets, Pansies, Nostrum's, etc
To Make the Whipped Feta
- In the bowl of a food processor, add the feta, greek yogurt, and olive oil. Blend until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add a splash more of olive oil.
- Next, add the leaves of 2 sprigs of thyme, the leaves of two small sprigs of dill, and salt & pepper to taste. Blend and transfer to a small bowl. Chill.
For the Honeyed Fruits
- Pit the cherries and halve them. Slice the strawberries in half and quarter your roasted small beets. If you are using a larger beet, chop into cubes. Peel the cucumber and dice.
- Add all of the fruits & vegetables to a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the juice of 1/2 a fresh lime, 1-2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and mix.
- Next, tear the mint leaves and add to the fruits, along with the leaves of 2 sprigs of lemon thyme (or, the leaves of 2 regular sprigs of thyme + 1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest). Mix. Salt and pepper to taste.
To Make the Toasts
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Reserve a large baking sheet.
- Melt the 1 tablespoon of salted butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix,
- Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the olive oil/butter mixture over both sides of 6 pieces of crust sliced bread. Place on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes, until golden. Flip the slices and bake once more for 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the bread.
- Let Cool.
- Using a large plate or platter, add a generous schemer of the whipped feta.
- Next, start to spoon the honeyed & herb fruit topping next to the whipped feta.
- Now, tear the toasted sourdough into large pieces and add along the edge of the plate.
- Garnish the whipped feta with the crushed pistachios. Garnish the fruit mixture with edible flowers, mint leaves, and fresh dill.
- Create several remade toasts by spreading the whipped feta on individual toasts, generously topping with the fruit & herb topping, and sprinkle with pistachios & fresh herbs and flowers.